Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course a student:

  • Is able to evaluate urban development and related policies: their aims and means as well as their relation to spatial planning 
  • Can analyse some of the methods and tools of urban analysis, and can apply them in practice 
  • Understands and can analyse the contested nature and societal context of planning and urban development, and can reflect on one's own role as a planner accordingly 

Credits: 5

Schedule: 20.04.2021 - 03.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Tuomas Ilmavirta, Tuomas Ilmavirta

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tuomas Ilmavirta, Tuomas Ilmavirta

Contact information for the course (valid 12.03.2021-21.12.2112):

Dominic Stead,

Kaisa Granqvist,

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course provides a critical overview of urban and regional development and related theories. Including e.g. following topics:

    • Analysis of urban environments & urban development 
    • Policies and politics of urban development 
    • Urban change and spatial differentiation 
    • Human-centred living environment 
    • Topical theoretical themes and emerging trends in urban development

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assessment is based on learning outcomes and course work (individual assignments and group work).

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, independent work and working in small groups.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Academic readings. In addition, also material about urban development from various sources (planning documents, city strategies, media articles, videos, etc.)

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Maa-78.3240 Kaupunkien ja alueiden kehittämisen politiikat

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    15 Life on Land